Volleyball in History

Events in Sport

  • 1895-02-09 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
  • 1964-10-23 Japanese beat Russian for 1st Olympic Gold in woman's volleyball
  • 1964-10-23 Japan beats the Soviet Union 3-0 to claim the inaugural Olympic women's volleyball gold medal in Tokyo; undefeated in 6-team round robin competition
  • 1964-10-23 Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia finish 8-1 in inaugural Olympic men's volleyball competition in Tokyo; Soviets win 10 team round robin on count back of sets won-lost
  • 1968-10-26 The Soviet Union wraps up the volleyball double at the Mexico City Olympics; both men's & women's teams take gold at the end of their respective round-robin competitions
  • 1976-07-30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
  • 1996-07-27 Brazilian pair Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires win inaugural women's beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics
  • 1996-07-28 Americans Karch Kiraly & Kent Steffes win inaugural beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; Kiraly first to win gold in both indoor and beach events
  • 2004-08-24 Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May team up to win the women's beach volleyball gold at the Athens Olympics beating Brazilian pair Shelda Bede & Adriana Behar 21–17, 21–11
  • 2004-08-25 Emanuel Rego & Ricardo Santos win Brazil's first gold medal in men's beach volleyball with a 21–16, 21–15 victory over Spanish pair Javier Bosma & Pablo Herrera
  • 2004-08-29 Brazil takes out the men's volleyball gold medal with a 3-1 victory over Italy at the Athens Olympics
  • 2008-08-21 American pair Misty May-Treanor & Kerry Walsh dominate China's Tian Jiathe & Wang Jie 21-18, 21-18 in the beach volleyball final to repeat of their gold medal from Athens; don't lose a set in the competition
  • 2010-01-01 Suicide car bomb detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100
  • 2014-11-23 A suicide bomber kills 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan
  • 2016-08-17 German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-20 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title
  • 2016-08-21 Brazil takes 3rd Olympic men's indoor volleyball gold medal at the Rio Games with 25–22, 28–26, 26–24 win over Italy

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 171

  • 1889-08-31 A Provost Idell, father of modern volleyball
  • 1937-02-10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • 1938-05-25 Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1943-06-13 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1944-06-15 Inna Ryskai, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76)
  • 1947-11-05 Oleg Antropov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1954-01-02 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1954-03-21 Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
  • 1954-07-29 Flo Hyman, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1956-04-27 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957-05-07 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957-05-21 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1957-08-20 Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach CA beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1957-08-20 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • 1957-11-02 Rita Crockett, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1957-11-12 Gail Castro, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1958-06-25 Debbie Green-Vargas, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in South Korea
  • 1958-11-27 Julia Celotto, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz/Pismo-9th-1994), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959-12-27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-01-31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica California
  • 1960-02-15 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-05-13 Shannon Vessup-Millen, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1991), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-06-08 Linda Hanley, Laguna Beach California, beach volleyballer (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1960-07-07 Barbara Bierman, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960-07-08 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympic gold 88, bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1960-10-31 Janice Harrer, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1989, Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1960-11-03 Karch Kiraly, American indoor & beach volleyball player (3 x Olympic gold 1984, 88, 96), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1960-12-13 Randy Stoklos, Pacific Palisades Ca, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1961-02-17 Deb[ra] Richardson, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961-02-22 Marla O'Hara, Gardena Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991)
  • 1961-06-30 Karolyn Kirby, US beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • 1961-12-28 Heather Hafner, WPVA volleyballer (National-7th-90), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1962-02-13 Jackie Silva, Brazilian volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962-02-25 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1962-05-01 Paula Weishoff, American volleyballer (Silver medal 1984, Bronze 1992 Olympics), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1962-05-18 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-05-24 Bev Lidyoff, Huntington Park Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1994)
  • 1962-07-14 Diane Ratnik, volleyball setter (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962-08-31 Wanda Guenette, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1962-10-22 Gayle Stammer, Livermore California, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963-01-28 Colleen Harp, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-02-09 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963-03-03 Elizabeth Chavez, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1963-07-08 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1963-07-29 Patty Dodd, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-2nd-1988), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1963-09-30 Ed Drakich, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1963-10-15 Angela Rock, American WPVA volleyball player (US Open-1992), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1963-10-28 Lisa Bettio, WPVA volleyballer (Ft Myers Beach-17th-1992), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963-11-07 Shelly Miller, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1963-11-22 Helen Reale, American WPVA volleyballer (Manhattan Beach-7th-1994), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963-12-04 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1964-03-07 Amy Baltus, Bloomington IND, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-13th-1992)
  • 1964-03-15 Alison Johnson, Tustin CA, WPVA volleyball player (US Open-4th-1993)
  • 1964-04-08 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • 1964-04-25 Jackie Campbell, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-5th-1993), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964-05-06 Kim Oden, Ala, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s)
  • 1964-07-24 Erminia Russo, Kelowna BC, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964-07-24 Teri Schroeder, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13-1993), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1964-10-01 Kristi Atkinson, Van Nuys Ca, WP volleyballer (Best of Beach-6th-1994)
  • 1964-10-25 Barb Broen-Ouellette, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1964-12-16 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-01-11 Barbara Belding, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1965-01-31 Adam Johnson, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-03-06 Tammy Liley, volleyball mid blocker/capt (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1965-04-16 Caren Kemner, Quincy IL, volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1965-06-09 Jeff Williams, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965-07-05 Lucy Han, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-7th-1994), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965-09-08 Barbra Fontana Harris, Manhattan Beach CA, volleyballer (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1965-09-09 Marc Dunn, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1965-10-27 Krista Blomquist, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1995), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1965-12-24 Nancy Reno, Elmhurst Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965-12-25 Kathleen Luciano, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1993), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1966-01-23 Scott Fortune, volleyballer (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1966-03-03 Wendy Fletcher, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1993), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966-04-04 Michal Clingman, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994), born in Indio, California
  • 1966-04-18 Michelle Chryst, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-17th-1994)
  • 1966-08-13 Glenn Donald Hamilton, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1966-10-18 Kristine Middeler, Felicity Oh, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994)
  • 1966-10-20 Erin Deiters, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1966-11-11 Gina Pillitiere, WPVA volleyballer (National-25th-1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1966-12-19 Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
  • 1967-02-14 Laura Martin, LaJolla California, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-13th-1994)
  • 1967-03-17 Melissa Allen, Port OR, WPVA volleyballer (Reebok National-13th-1994)
  • 1967-03-21 Elaina Oden, Orange CA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1967-05-04 John Child, Canadian beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • 1967-08-01 Lori Endicott, American volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967-08-08 Margo Malowney, Saint John New Brunswick, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967-08-10 Carlos Briceno, Fountain Valley, CA, beach volleyball (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1967-08-31 Melanie Sullivan, Branford Ct, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1994)
  • 1967-09-08 Brett Winslow, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1967-11-06 Jackie Auzias de Turenne, WPVA volleyballer (Natl-17th-1995), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967-11-08 Rhonda Kottke, WPVA volleyballer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967-12-03 Katie Henderson, WPVA volleyball (US Open-25th-1993), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967-12-05 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967-12-14 Ali Wood, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968-03-28 Teee Williams, volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968-06-23 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1968-08-27 Christine Schaefer, Florence Ky, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994)
  • 1968-09-16 Tara Cross-Battle, volleyball hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968-10-10 Nancy Brookhart, American WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-1994), born in Elmhurst, Illinois

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005-12-04 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1980-10-15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1986-01-24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)